How to prepare Pan-Seared Shrimps Marinated With Ginger, Honey and Chili & Spring Lettuce Salad with Roasted Walnuts & Pears
If you like exotic flavors and seafood paired in a meal that is ready in no time, here is a fantastic recipe for you. Shrimps are not only delicious but they are also packed with vitamins and minerals such as selenium, vitamin B 12 and phosphorus. Besides, they are rich in fatty acids – Omega 3 and Omega 6 – that is essential for your brain and immune system. Shrimps are a great addition to your healthy meal plan as they are low in calories but high in protein. Exactly what your body needs when you want to loose weight. The ginger, chili and honey give a super nice exotic flavor to the marinade. Served with rice and salad on the side this recipe is a healthy and quick option for weekday dinners. We made a beautiful salad with crispy spring lettuce, honey glazed walnuts and finely sliced pears. Let’s see what you will need and how you can prepare it!
Pan-Seared Shrimps Marinated With Ginger, Honey and Chili
- Prep time: 35
- Cook time:
- Total time: 40
- 400 g medium shrimp, fresh or frozen, peeled and deveined
- Olive oil
- Skewers, wooden (optional)
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh chili, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tablespoon tomato purée
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 pear, finely sliced
- 1 spring lettuce or other mixed salad leaves
- 1 handful of walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 lemon juice, fresh squeezed
If you are using frozen shrimps you will want to defrost them first. Don’t worry, that goes very fast. Simply remove the shrimps from the packaging, put them into a bowl and poor cold water over them (never use hot water!). By the time you finish chopping the ingredients for your marinade, the shrimps will nicely defrost, ready to be marinated.
Mix all the ingredients – ginger, honey, garlic, chili, basil, tomato purée, vinegar, soy sauce – for the marinade. If you don’t have red wine vinegar you can use lemon or lime juice as an alternative. Poor it over the shrimps and stir a couple of times. Make sure that all the shrimps are evenly coated in the piquant sauce. Place it in the fridge for 30 minutes, stirring it a few times. While your shrimps are marinating you can get the salad ready. If you prefer, you can make rice as well.
Spring Lettuce with Roasted Walnuts & Pears
We just love honey glazed walnuts, they make any boring salad more exciting and even more nutritious. In this recipe we used walnuts but you can also try almonds, cashews or any other nuts you love. Add the coarsely chopped walnuts to a hot non-stick pan. Roast it for couple of minutes, stirring regularly until you get the aromatic scent and the color starts turning darker brown. Careful here, it can burn very fast so make sure you keep an eye on the pan. Take the pan off the cooker and add a spoonful of honey. Set aside and wait until it completely cools down.
You will notice that as the honey cools off it will become completely solid on the walnuts. Don’t worry, simply break it up with a wooden spatula into smaller pieces. Top the mixture of lettuce and pears with the honey glazed walnuts and sprinkle with an olive oil-lemon juice dressing. Your salad is ready now, let’s get the shrimps done!
Now 30 minutes passed, the shrimps are nicely marinated and you can start threading them onto the skewers. If you have BBQ, you will need the skewers otherwise it’s not necessary but it looks nicer. Pierce once near the tail and once near the head. Heat up a pan or a skillet add a little oil and cook the shrimps for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Serve while it’s hot with rice or salad on the side!
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